Helping our bodies handle toxins!

Helping our bodies handle toxins!
Did you know that our bodies have an amazing ability to detoxify themselves from environmental pollution? It's true!

Every day, we're exposed to a range of toxins in our environment, including air pollution, pesticides, and heavy metals. 

Lately, there has been much in the news about our exposures to these things increasing through natural disasters and sourcing issues. 

But thanks to our liver, kidneys, and other organs, our bodies are able to filter out and eliminate these toxins, keeping us healthy and safe.

It's reassuring to know our bodies are equipped to handle the challenges we face in today's world, so keep reading to learn how to support it in doing so.

Of course, it's important to do our part to minimize our exposure to environmental pollutants as much as possible.

Our bodies have several organs, including the liver, kidneys, and skin, that work together to filter out and eliminate toxins from our environment. 

However, these organs can become overburdened with the amount of toxins we're exposed to on a daily basis.

That's where herbs, essential oils, plants, vitamins, and minerals can come in to support the detoxification process. 

I'm going outline several ways to support your detoxification system naturally, and share how I'm doing it with my own family!

I'll even share some food medicine recipes you can make and enjoy anytime.

First off, are Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, which have been shown to have potential benefits for liver health. 

They are a rich source of antioxidants, including carotenoids and flavonoids, which have been shown to protect liver cells from oxidative stress and damage. 

Additionally, goji berries have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the liver and improve liver function. 

Some studies have suggested that goji berries may be particularly beneficial for people with liver disease, including those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Incorporating goji berries into a healthy diet may be a simple and natural way to support liver health, especially when you choose a delicious way to include them. 

Recently, a family member had a small surgery. While in the surgery, her doctor noted the health of her liver. He said, and I quote, "You have the cleanest liver I've ever seen!" 

He had been practicing for decades, and went on to say that everyone in the operating room was "jealous" of her healthy liver. 

She credits this celebration to taking her wolfberry daily via Ningxia Red

In fact, I take them at least two ways daily: Once in a combo capsule with MSM (keep reading for more info on that) and once in a multi-mineral antioxidant drink. My husband and children take them, too. 

Since we are speaking on berries, let's chat about some more grocery store medicine foods that you can grab to support your liver and overall detoxification system. 

Add these foods to meals you already love, or create recipes around them. Keep reading for a fabulous Liver Detox Drink and Detox Salad Recipe later in this post, too!

  1. Leafy Greens - Leafy greens like kale, spinach, and arugula are rich in chlorophyll, which has been shown to aid in detoxification by binding to toxins and carrying them out of the body. (Source: Healthline)
  2. Garlic - Garlic contains sulfur compounds that can help the liver activate enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins. (Source: Medical News Today)
  3. Beets - Beets are high in antioxidants and can help the liver remove toxins from the body. (Source: Healthline)
  4. Citrus Fruits - Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruits are high in vitamin C, which can help the liver produce detoxifying enzymes. (Source: Healthline)
  5. Turmeric - Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that can help protect the liver from damage. (Source: Healthline)
  6. Cruciferous Vegetables - Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage contain compounds that can help the liver produce enzymes that detoxify carcinogens. (Source: Medical News Today)
  7. Green Tea - Green tea contains catechins, which are antioxidants that can help protect the liver from damage and aid in detoxification. (Source: Healthline)
  8. Artichokes - Artichokes are high in antioxidants and can help the liver produce bile, which carries toxins out of the body. (Source: Healthline)
  9. Ginger - Ginger contains compounds called gingerols and shogaols, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that can help protect the liver from damage. (Source: Medical News Today)
  10. Blueberries - Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which have been shown to support the body's natural detoxification processes. (Source: Medical News Today)

Number one on the list above is a winner partly because of it's MSM content. 

One of my favorite supplements for overall health is MSM!

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) has been found to have several potential benefits for liver health. 

One of the main ways that MSM may benefit the liver is through its ability to reduce inflammation in the body. 

Studies have shown that MSM can help reduce inflammation in the liver and improve markers of liver function in people with these conditions. 

Additionally, MSM has been shown to have antioxidant properties, which can help protect liver cells from damage and promote overall liver health!

We personally have had reduced and even removed pain and better skin hair and nails since taking a supplement with BOTH MSM and wolfberries (see above) daily

In terms of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants like vitamins C and E, as well as minerals like zinc and selenium, can help protect the body from the damaging effects of toxins. 

Interestingly, certain plants can come high in trace minerals, depending where they are grown. This is certainly true for plants grown in the Ningxia region of China, deep in the Yellow River Flood Plains that are saturated with clean, fresh run-off from the Himalayan Mountains (think Himalayan salt...full of minerals!). 

The flood plains are called "Yellow River" because of the golden saturation of minerals the water coming off the mountains carries.

Plants grown here are rich in minerals, and the Ningxia Red wolfberries used in the two supplements we take for liver and detoxification support are grown there!

It's also helpful to note that some herbs, like Peppermint, can aid both in digestion, liver health, and absorption of these minerals, so your body can get and use them. 

That's why I often take and give trace minerals that are spiked with peppermint and other aids daily to support our detoxification systems and moods. 

And don't forget about the power of hydration - drinking plenty of water can help flush toxins out of the body and gives the proper hydration to lymph fluids.

Adding edible cold-pressed oil of Lemon is widely accepted as a supportive detoxification practice that aids in digestion and alkalizing the body, while providing Liver support and great taste to encourage us to keep drinking!

Chamomile and Blue Tansy essential oils are also believed to aid in liver system function, and using them topically can be a simple way to get the benefits of them circulating in your body. 

In fact, the compound that makes Blue Tansy blue is chamazulene, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 

These properties can help protect liver cells from damage and reduce inflammation in the liver. 

Blue tansy has also been found to have hepatoprotective effects, which means it can help protect the liver from toxins and other harmful substances. 

Additionally, blue tansy has been shown to have choleretic effects, meaning it can stimulate the production and flow of bile, which helps the liver remove waste and toxins from the body.  

We keep an essential oil blend for liver support in the bathroom by our toothbrushes, and we apply it to our skin, directly over the liver, morning and night. 

When I forget to use the blend, the first place I notice is in my skin! Beginning using it brought me so much skin healing that I wasn't even expecting. It was a welcome surprise!

Using essential oils topically could not be any easier, smells lovely, and is a great way to help children with their health!

Sometimes, unless the supplement is yummy like our favorite wolfberryantioxidant drink, getting children and babies to take things can be challenging...but essential oils are often applied topically like the JuvaFlex I mentioned above, so that doesn't even matter! 

This is a great win for families who want to provide their children with environmental toxin support during these interesting times!

Making meals that include liver and detoxification system supportive foods is also an easy way to support yourself and those you cook meals for. 

One of my favorite ways to support the liver is through hot and cold drinks to sip on throughout the day.

Liver Support Sipper
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • Optional: Add 1 drops of edible Lemon essential oil
  1. Peel the ginger root and slice it into small pieces.
  2. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a glass, then twist the rind to release the oils from the skin into the glass.
  3. In a small pot, bring the cup of water to a boil.
  4. Add the sliced ginger to the boiling water and turn off heat but leave pot on stovetop for 5-10 minutes. 
  5. Strain the ginger water into the glass with lemon juice.
  6. Add honey to taste, if desired.
  7. Stir the mixture and let it cool down for a few minutes.
  8. Enjoy your liver detox drink while it's still warm, ideally. Alternatively, chill and serve over ice for a refreshing drink.
Detox Salad with Citrus Dressing
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup beets, shredded
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or crushed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Add 1-3 drops of edible citrus essential oils
  1. In a large bowl, combine kale, arugula, beets, broccoli, avocado, and almonds.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, turmeric, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Of course, it's always important to consult with a healthcare professional before trying any new supplements or natural remedies. 

But with the right support, our bodies can continue to do the amazing job of detoxifying from environmental toxins and keeping us healthy and strong.

My family has seen firsthand the power of providing detoxification system support in healing and improving energy and mood. 

You're welcome to shoot me a message to discuss what might be right for you. 

So next time you're feeling overwhelmed by the state of the environment, what's in the news, etc....remember that your body is an amazing machine designed to keep you safe and healthy. 

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27

Take care of your body, friend, and it will take care of you! 

And always remember to put your faith and trust not in things, but in the One who holds you in His hands. 

Be well!

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Names of Jesus Advent: Free Printable!

Names of Jesus Advent: Free Printable!

Last year, the Lord placed in on my heart to dig into His names with my children during the advent season. 

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel”—which, when translated, means, “God with us.”- Matthew 1:23 AMP


Investigating the meanings of His names, and receiving what they meant to each of us in our individual lives and as a family, was both deeply powerful and tenderly sweet. 

You can also experience this advent exercise in your home, using things you already have or adding some new things for fun. 

When we did this in our home, we used rocks I found on amazon. We planned originally to make them ourselves, but for timing I chose to order them already completed. I know we will use them in our holiday decor for years to come!

You can use ornaments, another item with names on it, or even make your own cards (that would be fun for children!). 

Here's what we did!

Place the nativity somewhere in the house where there's a little blank space beside it, like a shelf, fireplace mantle, or cabinet. 

Each day, the children will take a rock out of the basket randomly. 

Then, look up the scripture reference for that name together, discuss it, then place the rock on a "path" towards the nativity set. We will usually read a rich story at this time too, like The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and The Legend Of The Candy Cane.

Sometimes my children aren't interested in reading the book that I chose at first (they always love it after we begin!), so our little routine is Bible, You Pick, Mommy Picks. 

Read the scripture from the Bible and chat about it, read a story a child picks (they rotate turns daily), then read the story mommy picked (like the quality ones I mentioned above). 

Once we are done reading and talking, we complete our Advent Time by placing the rock near the nativity. 

You can make a little path that gets closer and closer to the nativity each day, or simply place them nearby like we did.

By Christmas Eve, all of the rocks will be surrounding the Nativity, highlighting the character of our Savior!

I see such wisdom from God in leading us to do our advent this way last year. Something that has always stood out to me in my service as a children's minister and mother, is the importance to go beyond being excited that it's "baby Jesus' birthday."

Yes, we celebrate his "birthday," and this is a sweet place to start, but baby Jesus was, and IS, so much more than a baby boy born among farm animals. 

He is The I Am.

The complexity and depth of His character, who He really was and is, offers so much more to us than can be consumed in a short picture book!

It's important for our children to grasp the real depth of what it meant for us to finally have Emmanuel on the earth in this way, and this advent plan provided that to us, taking deeper into the truth of who our Lord is.

The humility and sacrifice of Jesus to come to earth like that as a baby was truly highlighted in learning about who He is.

His immeasurable beauty, power, and provision, packed into a person! 

His names are are His promises!

This advent plan was simple, no frills and yet still intentionally special and meaningful.

If you would like to bring this advent plan into your home this year, please feel free to use this printable as a gift from my home, to yours: NamesofGod_Rocks_ScriptureReferences_Advent.pdf

If you're wondering how exactly we "discuss" the name of Jesus that we look up each day, head over to this facebook post where I share leading questions for this family "discussion" time that you can use with children of all ages. 

I pray this is a gift to your family that draws you closer together and closer to our Lord Jesus this season! 

Bass Family Protocols!

Bass Family Protocols!
These are a few of our family's most commonly used protocols. Please note that these protocols are our personal family protocols. They’re for informational use only and not medical advice.
Busy Week Booster Protocol
This protocol is what we use when we have a very busy week where we know we will be pushing our bodies and or minds. Examples are final exams week, big work projects, homeschool events, church events, family visiting, and traveling. Mental and physical stress lowers the immune system and increases our susceptibility. In short, we are more likely to “catch” something during these times…and we also might just get tired and need a boost.

3 Multigreens
1 Inner Defense
2 ounces of Ningxia Red
Longevity blend on the feet
Endoflex over neck

2 Super D tablets
1 Life 9 capsule
Melrose behind the ears
R.C. over the chest
JuvaFlex over the liver

In The Diffuser
Lemongrass or Purification

Throughout The Day
Water + Lemon Vitality and/or Vitality Drops (electrolytes + stevia + oils)
Super C or other Vitamin C

Extra Boosts
Super B
Illumineyes (Vitamin A + antioxidants)
Nature's Ultra CBD
Super Kids Protocol
This protocol is what I put my children on most of the time. We might rotate out oils based on our most recent zyto scans or their needs. I also might add more vitamins at different times. This is their basic daily protocol.

1 ounce Ningxia Red
1-2 KidScents MightyZymes (enzymes)
Longevity on the feet, diluted and/or KidScents KidPower, Thieves or ImmuPower

1 Super D tablet
KidScents Mighty Pro (probiotic)
KidScents Genyus on head/lack of neck
Melrose behind ears, diluted
R.C. or Kidscents SniffleEase in the diffuser

In The Diffuser
Lemongrass or Purification

Throughout The Day
Water + Vitality Drops (electrolytes + stevia + oils)
Super C Chewables or Vitamin C of choice

Extra Boosts
Kidscents Unwind (mag + herbs)
Nature's Ultra CBD (Citrus or Mint)

Hope this inspires and encourages you to take ownership for your own wellness. 

I believe in you! 

Four Faves everyone should consider!

Four Faves everyone should consider!
This is going to be a long, meaty post! 

I'm creating it as a resource to point customers to when they need education. 

I hope it helps you in your wellness!

Here we go!

MSM is something I think most everyone should be taking. Glyphosates deplete it in our food.
What Is MSM and How Does it Work?
MSM makes cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and allowing wastes and toxins to properly flow out. The body uses MSM along with Vitamin C to create new, healthy cells, and MSM provides the flexible bond between the cells. Without proper levels of MSM, our bodies are unable to build good healthy cells, and this leads to problems such as lost flexibility, scar tissue, wrinkles, varicose veins, hardened arteries, damaged lung tissues, dry cracking skin, digestive disorders, joint problems, and inability to defend against allergic reactions to food, animals and plants.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur compound that’s naturally derived during the earth’s rain cycle
Discover the amazing benefits of taking ORGANIC SULFUR... it seems we don't get enough of it in our diets and there have been some remarkable tests results, including discouraging the growth of CANCER cells...
MSM is an anti-oxidant that helps to clean the blood stream and flush toxins trapped in our cells. It is also a foreign protein and free radical scavenger. In order to maintain good health, we need to supplement our diets with MSM, to enable the body to heal itself. The body uses what it needs, and after 12 hours will flush out any excess amounts.
*If your body doesn't receive the proper nutrition and building materials it needs, it will produce bad, dysfunctional cells not healthy cell. If we want our cellular tissue regenerate instead of degenerate we need to supplement our diets with MSM.
7 Benefits of MSM a.k.a. Sulfur or Sulphur – The Miracle Supplement
Biologically active sulfur is one of the most critical nutrients for our bodies to remain youthful and energetic. As we age, along with a diet deficient in essential nutrients, our bodies become stiff, our cells become rigid, and our overall energy begins to rapidly decelerate.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur compound that’s naturally derived during the earth’s rain cycle. Sulfur is present in many natural unprocessed foods, but it’s quickly lost during the cooking process. MSM is gaining a lot of attention due to the recent focus on longevity and anti-aging technologies. Here’s a list of 7 impressive benefits that MSM delivers:
1. Improves skin health and complexion
MSM is necessary for collagen production. Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen. MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues. MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health.
2. Improves flexibility
Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility. Additionally, it helps to produce flexible skin and muscle tissue. This leads to an increase in overall flexibility due to a restoration of the “juiciness” in the tissues.
3. Detoxifies the body
One of the most important features of MSM is that it makes your cells more permeable. This means that it allows toxins and metabolic waste products to easily be moved out of the cells, while essential nutrients and hydration can be moved in. It’s a calcium phosphate dissolver, so it has a remarkable ability to break up the bad calcium that’s at the root of degenerative diseases.
4. Strengthens hair and nails
Collagen and keratin and both critical for the production of healthy hair and nails. MSM is a bonafide “beauty mineral” that provides the sulfur needed to produce collagen and keratin. It’s also highly noted to contribute to exceptional strength and thickness of the hair and nails, which can be noticed in just a couple weeks of consistent use.
5. Accelerates healing
Lactic acid and other byproducts cause pain and soreness in the body. MSM increases the ability of the body to eliminate waste products at the cellular level. This speeds recovery and frees up more energy for rebuilding.
6. Naturally Increases energy
Due to the increased permeability of the cells, less energy is required to deal with the accumulation of toxins. This results in more energy being redirected towards activity and necessary healing. Digestion is the biggest energy requirement of the body (Approximately 70-80% of your energy is spent on digestion each day). MSM increases the absorption of nutrients so that the energy expenditure on digestion is vastly reduced.
7. Anti-inflammatory
MSM is a powerful anti-inflammatory due to its ability to allow metabolic wastes to be removed from the cells. Excess weight on the body is actually inflammation. The cells of the body are chronically inflamed and retaining the byproducts of metabolic processes. Sulfur needs to be present In order for these toxins and wastes to be removed from the body. When these byproducts can be removed from the system, then the cells can also dispose of excess fluids that were being stored as a buffer. What results is a natural and effective reduction in unwanted weight.
{Credit above to Amy Mohr}
There is a definite gut/brain connection, so if you are trying to deal with stress/anxiety/depression MSM may be helpful for you.
There is no one solution to leaky gut. Treating it requires a combination of efforts, including tailored diet restrictions, medication control, and supplementation. Along with a high-quality probiotic and a good multivitamin, ... can play a key role in addressing both the causes and symptoms of leaky gut.
MSM addresses leaky gut in the following ways:
MSM reduces inflammation.
 One of the most common reasons people take MSM is to reduce inflammation in their joints. MSM is useful for this purpose when people experience joint pain as a result of leaky gut syndrome. More importantly, the same anti-inflammatory properties that make MSM beneficial in the joints also help reduce inflammation in the lining of the small intestine, one of the causes of leaky gut.
MSM promotes cellular health 
by allowing nutrients to be more effectively delivered to cells while carrying away harmful toxins and free radicals. Promoting cellular health in the lining of the small intestine promotes the production of enzymes that break down food and helps close the gaps in the intestinal villi that are at the root of leaky gut.
MSM relieves allergic responses.
 MSM promotes cellular permeability, allowing your blood to more quickly flush out contaminants. This means that the body doesn’t need to generate such an aggressive autoimmune response when undigested food leaks into the bloodstream.
MSM promotes detoxification.
 Toxins are one cause of intestinal inflammation.
MSM relieves constipation,
 one of the symptoms of leaky gut.
MSM reduces Candida growth,
 another cause of intestinal inflammation.
MSM promotes skin health
, helping heal rashes caused by the body’s autoimmune response to leaky gut.
MSM promotes mental clarity 
and alertness, which can be reduced when contaminates in the blood make their way into brain tissue.
MSM helps the liver
 produce chlorine. The liver uses chlorine to purge contaminants from the blood.
MSM promotes the control of stomach
 acid. Stomach acid dissolves food before it reaches the small intestine. Improperly dissolved food can clog the intestine and lead to damaging inflammation.
MSM fights free radicals
 that cause oxidation. Oxidation can be another cause of intestinal permeability.
MSM helps reduce hypersensitivity 
to drugs, including over the counter NSAIDs and antibiotics that can damage the lining of the small intestine.
MSM helps remove parasites
 from the body. Parasites can be one of the causes of leaky gut, by clinging to the cell walls and releasing harmful toxins or creating inflammation by their presence. Parasites can also cause nutrient deficiencies by robbing the body of nutrients that would otherwise be absorbed into the bloodstream and tissues. MSM has demonstrated noteworthy antiparasitic action against all of the parasites commonly found in the United States, including Giardia, Trichomonas, roundworms, nematodes, Enterobius and other intestinal worms. Tests indicate that MSM may hinders the ability of parasites to attach to the mucous membrane surface of the intestine. When parasites cannot attach, they cannot inflame the lining of the intestine or steal the nutrients they need to grow and reproduce. Unattached parasites will be flushed out of the body with the rest of the food waste. When using a microscope to look at a stool sample from a person who recently started taking MSM, it’s actually possible to see the movement of worms that used to be clinging to the lining of the intestines. Taking MSM for antiparasitic effect requires a short period of high doses. Take 5,000 to 10,000 mg of MSM daily for three or four weeks, then drop back to 3,000 mg per day.
{The above comes from the kala MSM website}
More great info on MSM :
Sulphur: The Forgotten Nutrient
MSM Health Benefits May Be Related to Its Sulfur Content By Dr. Mercola
I take an MSM supplement that is purposely paired with high antioxidants for even better results. It contains minerals and coenzymes that support the assimilation and metabolism of sulfur. It's easy to take. I take it daily for maintenance and when I need an anti-inflammatory boost for my head or body or when ill, I take even more. My skin, hair and nails all perk up right away when I do, along with the comfort of my body and all the above benefits. Ask me about it so I can help you get the best pricing. 
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Enzymes are the keys to life itself, without them, we no longer exist. Over 300 enzymatic reactions occur in the body every second. We NEED enzymes.
The definition of enzyme is "A protein chemical that accelerates a chemical reaction in the body without being consumed in the process." We need enzymes for our very existence. Just as the life process depends on oxygen, it also depends on enzymes. While oxygen is fuel to the body, enzymes are the "go-betweens" that control the rate and speed of the energy output of each cell. They are catalysts. They energize you by helping to start your day and keep you going. They are needed for every chemical reaction in the body. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients cannot be used effectively without enzymes. The function of the immune system depends upon the presence of enzymes as well. The body works to produce enzymes needed for the smooth operation of the immune system.
We have over 3,000 different enzymes in our bodies. Some are de-rived from foods and others are produced in the body. The pancreas produces digestive enzymes, and the salivary glands produce other enzymes that help break down food so it may be properly assimilated.
Enzymes are destroyed by heat and processing, so in an ordinary diet, we rarely get the enzymes we need from food. Did you know that in the 12th week of gestation, the baby receives it's "enzyme potential" for life? (Dr. DicQie Fuller, The Healing Power of Enzymes). Eating a diet with plenty of raw foods will give us some very great enzymes, but even raw foods will loose their enzymes as they sit and oxidize. Fresh is always best.
First, there are metabolic enzymes. This class of enzymes assists our mental and sensory systems, thinking, hearing, smelling, seeing, and feeling.
The second category is what we could call food enzymes because they are responsible for the digestion and assimilation of our foods. Eating good foods is awesome, but to unlock the full potential of every vitamin and mineral in these foods takes enzymes. Most of us eat foods depleted in enzymes making supplementation an important part of our daily routine.
The third category of enzymes is to support our immune and defense system.
Essential Oils are from plants and therefore food. Premium essential oils have the DNA blueprint of hormones, enzymes and proteins.

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{Above credit to Debra Starkey}
-Only one company I know of incorporates essential oils in it's enzyme formulations to make them more bioavailable and effective. If we can not breakdown the foods we eat, we can't utilize the nutrients found in these foods. These are the ones I use. We have a noticeable difference in our bodies when we use them regularly. Adults take certain ones and our kids take ones formulated for them.

The gut is everything. Say it with me: The.Gut.Is.Everything. Scientists in medicine agree on this. 
The gut is vital to two very important things that we care deeply about and are essential for health: 1. Behavior and 2. Immune System. 
Most already know this, but humor me. In your gut, or intestines, are bacteria. Pounds and pounds of it along your 22 feet of intestine. It’s a symbiotic relationship between us and the bacteria, meaning the bacteria get to live in us and in exchange they do positive things for us. They help us break down food and send messages in the body.
The short story on how the gut affects behavior: The gut itself has a brain called the “ENS.” The gut-brain, or ENS, talks to the head-brain, or CNS. In doing so, it can trigger negative behaviors and feelings (such as anxiety or attention deficit). Subtle changes to the gut flora (bacteria) can cause distress and set off a chain reaction.
The short story on how the gut affects the immune system…isn’t so short. It’s a complicated story with many moving parts, some of which are above my pay-grade. What you need to know is this: studies have shown that people with a healthy, varied and thriving gut flora get sick less often and get better quicker. That’s all I need to know to decide to give my kids probiotics daily.
There are also things we can do to support a healthy environment in the gut so the probiotics can flourish. Some of those things are gut-healing foods and avoiding the ones that damage it.
I'm not going to talk much about this here because many people already understand this, and/or the info is easy to find. Below are some places to begin: 
More info
The short story on how the gut affects immunity:

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From the book "The healing power of minerals, special nutrients and trace minerals," by Paul Bergner: On one page is a chart showing the mineral content of store-bought apples in 1914. Next to that is another chart showing the mineral content of store-bought apples in 1992, when this book was written. You would have needed to have eaten 26 1992 apples to equal one 1914 apple, except that's not true because some of the minerals found in the 1914 apple couldn't be found at all in the 1992 apple. If we use this ratio to apply to the rest of our food supply, it means that today's food has less than 4% of the nutrition our food had 100 years ago. 4%!
Our problem is malnutrition, actually. The "recommended daily allowance" suggested by the government is based on the 4% idea, not on what our food used to be like. The fear of overdosing on any vitamins/minerals (including silver) is based on the scare tactics we are daily fed by the media. In 1993, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 95% of the world’s soil had been depleted of key nutritional elements, including iron, iodine, calcium and most of the trace minerals.
Everything our ancestors ate 100+ years ago would contain vitamins/minerals at a level that today's medical health authorities would declare an overdose. Researchers who spent a few months with the native, Inuit/Eskimo Indians who live at "the top of the world" (as they call it) estimated that, based on their diet of almost entirely seafood (can't grow plants on the ice!) the average, daily dosage of Vit D per man, woman and child was 350,000 i.u.'s per day, and the average daily intake of Vit A was 650,000 i.u.'s per day! (No Vit K in seafood!)
These native people also had never heard of cancer, arthritis, diabetes or heart disease. Never seen it, didn't know what you were talking about. Every single case of overdose with Vit's D, E or A that the FDA has on record occurred with SYNTHETIC versions of them (made with petroleum by-products). There are no cases of overdose with food sources. When I had my clinic in California, I gave my cancer clients 150,000 i.u.'s Vit D/day. Never saw any overdose symptoms.
There are basically two types of trace mineral supplements. Those that are derived from what is called "humic shale", also called "dinosaur bones". These are very old deposits of what are believed to be plants/animals from the prehistoric past. This enables them to be called "plant sourced", since they were once living organisms ("dinosaur bones"). And yes, they are minerals that are usable by our bodies.
The other source is essentially the ocean, The Great Salt Lake (GSL), to be exact. Because the GSL has water running into it but no water running out, it is very concentrated. Being in Utah, where it is very hot, the water is constantly evaporating, so the Lake doesn't overflow. The rivers wash vegetative matter from surrounding mountains and forests into the Lake, so this water is actually "thick" with minerals. There is no industry around the Lake, so pollution is low.
{Credit above to Terry Chamberlin}
Caffeine, medications, bad water, stress, illness and more all deplete our trace minerals.
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Our food is not what it used to be. 
Our world has gone down in atmospheric pressure and in oxygen. Radiation and toxic load has increased. Our soil has been depleted. 
Thus, an apple today is not the same apple that kept the doctor away even 50 years ago. 
Input, output. 
So what we are getting in our food isn’t what it used to be. So, we have to find ways to “cheat the system” so to speak, and get our bodies as close to their original input as possible. This is where antioxidants, nutritionals and vitamins come in to play.
Antioxidants are just that-antioxidants. They fight the effects of oxidation in our bodies. There are three specific things that we won’t be caught dead without daily. Those are Ninxia Wolfberry, Vitamin C, and Ionic Magnesium.
Ninxia Wolfberries are the highest antioxidant rich food known. 
Since it’s a whole fruit puree, it has some protein and fiber in it as well, so it will NOT spike the blood sugar like fruit juice will.
It’s ORAC value is through the roof, higher than pomegranates, blueberries, you name it. 
It has 18 amino acids and 21 essential minerals in it. Paired with high limonene rich citrus oils, it’s what we use instead of a multivitamin. And calling it that doesn’t do it justice, but that’s a good way to think of it I think. 
We choose not to use multis. So one ounce of this every day, in the morning, gives my kids lots of Vitamin A, plus all the things I mentioned. 
Did you know that there was a place where 400% more people of age 100+ live without canes to get around or glasses to help them see, and where they are overall very healthy. 
Did you take a guess where that might be?
That place is called NingXia, China, where the superfood NingXia wolfberries originate. The locals have been eating these berries for thousands of years.  We are blessed enough to get to use them in our NingXia Red products due to the amazing relationship Gary Young built with the people there. 

-We take Trace Minerals + Antioxidants every day. They are "known" for causing diarrhea and/or being difficult to absorb correctly, since most people have some or severe gut damage. However, a study done comparing two group taking trace minerals alone and taking them paired with certain herbs showed almost no diarrhea in the herbal group. Kids needs them as much as adults and we include them in our daily routine.-

After all this....
Which supplements do I use and recommend?

Young Living.

Why use Young Living supplements?

We all know there are thousands of supplement companies, some with very good products, so how do we distinguish theirs from ours. The word supplement is defined as - something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. These are intended to compliment our already healthy lifestyle of nutritious food choices. If your food choices are less than nutritious, I invite you to make changes. Need guidance? I'm here.

Herbal supplements are comprised of dried herbs in capsules, tablets or powders and liquid herbal supplements known as tinctures. In most cases, an herbal supplement will only contain herbs. Tinctures of course are liquid so will have a menstrum of water, alcohol or glycerin or a combination of these. They are sold as separate herbal products or in combination with other herbs for a specific purpose or benefit.

Nutritional supplements are comprised largely of an array of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Multivitamins and single vitamin or mineral capsules, tablets or liquids fall into this category. The majority of companies making nutritional supplements will have the amount of ingredients and percentages based on supporting and giving the body what it needs for proper health. The FACTS Panel (the label on the back) gives the amount included often referencing the RDA - recommend daily allowance. The minimum amount needed to ward off disease specific to that particular nutrient. Not all whole food supplements contain specific amounts.

Digestive enzyme supplements can be combinations of the various enzymes used for digesting food with meals or  ones to be taken between meals to cleanse and detoxify.   

Probiotics occupy a category all their own. Probiotic supplements concentrate on supplying the beneficial bacteria for gut health. These vary widely in their selection of the various strains of bacteria and yeast. Yes there is such a thing as healthy yeast. The three main probiotic category strains include lactobacilli, bifidobacteria and some yeasts like Saccharomyces boulardii. Probiotics patrol the intestines and keep everything running smoothly. They help digest food, destroy harmful pathogens and produce vitamins. When healthy bacteria is destroyed, harmful bacteria flourish which may lead to digestive system problems. There are over 500 different good probiotic bacteria strains. No one product can contain them all, therefore companies look for and include in their product a handful they deem most beneficial for their customer base needs.

Glandular extracts in capsules or tablets are formulated from the organs of animals. This is often referred to as a desiccated glandular product- thyroid, heart, adrenal, kidney, etc. For vegans and vegetarians this classification of supplements is generally off the table. For others, this is not an acceptable choice simply because they do not endorse the eating of organs; and some product lines will derive their glandular ingredients from pigs.

Antioxidants are relatively new on the horizon, they were first used in the rubber industry and  later found in vitamin E and C. Since then, antioxidants have been found in many foods and considered a vital nutrient for our health. Their role is to protect us from the damage caused by free radicals. These unstable molecules are generated by sun exposure, stress and as part of the natural aging process. Free radicals damage cells, DNA and collagen. Antioxidants have two classifications, water-soluble and fat-soluble.

Nutraceutical supplements describes medicinally or nutritionally functional foods that naturally provide health benefits. We see these often as Green Drink Powders but may also be incorporated into capsules or tablets. Healthy fish oils, garlic and various foods fall into this category.

So why pick Young Living? 
Are the YL supplements better than all the rest? I believe  one outstanding feature of our supplement line is the addition of essential oils. When I began to incorporate the Young Living supplement line with my clients who were already using a top-notch product I simply asked them to swap out their current product with a comparable YL product. I asked them to use it for three months and see if there were any additional benefits or how it compared. It became evident that YL was the clear winner.

Just as with our essential oils, Young Living monitors the formulation of our supplements with the same Seed to Seal processes ensuring plant based, natural, organic, Non-GMO, potent, effective ingredients are used. You’ll never know how awesome the YL supplement line can be to your vitality until you try them.

NOTE:  Supplements offered by most any company do not replace prescription medication. That being said, supplementing your diet, your healthy diet, with nutritional supplements can go a long way to help the body promote wellness where medication is no longer needed.

{Thank you to the above from Debra Starkey}

Message me today so I can help you to truly support your body and find the vitality you've always wanted. 

The smoothie tips you actually need!

The smoothie tips you actually need!

My first job was actually at a smoothie shop inside a gym. As part of my duties, I was supposed to come up with new flavors to offer as "specials" each week. 


Tough job, to be sure! I mean, blending up any combinations I want and being paid to "test" them?


Twist my arm. 

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So I learned a bit about what makes smoothies tastes amazing and why some come out meh, and I'm going to share that with you, along with tips on how to help children accept and enjoy them so you can get them powerful nutrients each day, plus a shortcut if you don't have the time for this!


I am going to share two kid-friendly favorites with you (keep reading!). 

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I don't know about your children, but if I offer mine a spoonful of cod liver oil, they're gonna give me a big "no thanks!"


But if I offer them an icy, creamy Blueberry Chocolate smoothie, well. That's a different story!


This is why I capital L, LOVE smoothies for children. 


It's easy to sneak targeted supplements into them without them noticing. 



You can maximize their power by choosing nutritionally dense food ingredients, as well. 


I'll share some of my tips for making smoothies taste juice-shop level yummy, so keep reading!


Here is why I love making smoothies for children.

1. They're easily accepted by picky palates and so convenient!

2. You get to control the wholesome ingredients and choose nourishing ones

3. They can be packed according to individual needs (ex: extra protein, extra vitamin c, no dairy)

4. They look and taste like a frosty treat.

5. You can sneak things in there that children (or you!) wouldn't eat otherwise.


It's super simple to sneak veggies into smoothies, and if you pair them right, nobody will ever know. 


Fail-proof healthy veggie pairings:

Carrots : Citrus , Apple

Greens : Berries; Chocolate

Cauliflower: Chocolate, Coconut

Beets: Berries, Citrus

Use the pairings above to blend your smoothies and seamlessly hide the veggies inside! 

Keep reading for my list of delicious and healthy milk / juice blend-ins.


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PB&J Smoothie

1/4 of a raw beet, peeled and chopped

1 cup mixed frozen berries 

1/2 frozen banana

2 T almond butter

 1/2 T ground cinnamon 

8-10 oz milk of choice

*BONUS: Add some cleansing + multi vitamin/mineral support with Balance Complete*


Tropic Thunder Smoothie

1 cup diced pineapple 

1/2 raw carrot

1 frozen banana

juice of 1 fresh squeezed orange 

1/4 T pure vanilla extract 

1 T cinnamon

8 -10 oz coconut water 

*BONUS: Add some cleansing + multi vitamin/mineral support with Balance Complete*


Tip: You can substitute steamed veggies for raw ones in smoothies. It's a great way to use leftover steamed carrots of broccoli and it makes them even more indistinguishable to little taste buds!


What about something a little more advanced? You can serve your children a "hulk" or "pj mask" or whatever you choose green smoothie created by one of my favorite Master Herbalists and Aromatherapists to learn from, Debra Starkey. 


According to Debra: 

"{This smoothie is] Great tasting, fresh food based available at any supermarket, packed with powerful nutrients (595 grams calcium, 1105mg potassium, 18865 Vitamin A IU, 4.47grams protein,  17mg Vitamin C, .13grams omega 3,  10.90 grams fiber to name a few, plus a multitude of other vitamins and minerals and phyto-nutrients), this smoothie may be enjoyed morning, noon or night. And that’s before you add either a couple capsules of MultiGreen or a scoop of JuvaPower to really amp it up a notch. Kids and adults love its smooth texture and delicious taste. 

In a blender (I use a VitaMix) combine 2 tablespoons each of flax seeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds. Blend a few seconds until a flour consistency.  Add one cup cold water, one cup ice, one large hand full spinach; 2 stalks of kale - use the leaf part only, no stalk (one cup each if compressed), 1/2 avocado if large or one whole - peeled and pitted of course, one small orange peeled and cut into quarters. Whiz until smooth and enjoy, may add additional water if too thick. You can substitute a banana or a few berries instead of the orange, BUT - do not turn this into a fruit smoothie. This is not a “drink” but a smoothie and enjoyed more when a little thick.

When I had my consulting office and people made and drank this smoothie, testimonies would come in within a week. It is truly the most amazing and inexpensive smoothie ever. I often have this in the morning and it is very filling, so much so I don’t need lunch; or I’ll have it for dinner."

I've tried it, and it's delicious!


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You can listen to Debra teach "Nutrition Tips for the Family" here in this video. 



Like Debra, I usually enjoy coming up with new recipes in the kitchen.


But also, sometimes I just don't have the time or desire to do the "work" involved with prepping, measuring, getting out multiple ingredients and putting them back....


And that's where Revive Superfoods has really helped me. 


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They're beyond easy because they:

1. Come in their serving cup (no mess!)

2. Taste incredible

3. Are clean and vegan

4. Fun for me and my children


It's a piece of cake for me to make these on a busy morning and get everyone out the door (complete with a lidded up!) with nourishing food in their bellies. 


We've successfully dodged hangry days using our Revive smoothie stash!


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They've given me a special offer for my community (that's you!) of 50% off your first box. 


Totally a steal! 


And, they're already packed with "sneaky" ingredients the way I would myself - with just the right amount of veggies and plant extras to add nutrients without making it taste funny. 


All you add yourself is the liquid, of which there are many options. 


When making homemade smoothies or blending up a Revive smoothie, I like to choose something really nutritious as the blending liquid. 


Top 3 Favorite healthy smoothie liquids:

Coconut Milk 

2 oz Ningxia Red + Water 

Balance Complete + Water

Raw Milk

Read more about the benefits of raw milk at the Real Milk website


Other tasty and healthy smoothie liquids:

Cashew Milk

Oat Milk

Almond Milk

Green Juice (I like Suja myself, but skip this for the kids...they will definitely notice!)


And when I want to give an extra boost of power my super smoothies, I add Balance Complete. 


It has a creamy, vanilla ice cream taste that everyone in our family loves, and it blends well with literally any smoothie recipe. 

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Alone it's actually a meal replacement with fiber and cleansing properties.


I try to give it to my children a couple times a week to make sure they're getting "holes" filled!


It is a nutritive energizer and a cleanser. 


Its high in fiber, high in protein, and contains the good fats, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals needed for a nutritionally complete meal replacement, and it supplies an amazing 11 grams of fiber per serving, absorbs toxins, and satisfies the appetite while balancing the body's essential requirements.


It also blends suuuuuper smooth with zero grit. Literally is just disappears

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For daily health maintenance, replace your least nutritious meal with Balance Complete or a smoothie with Balance Complete in it! 


During Young Living's five-day nutritive cleanse, you replace your three daily meals with Balance Complete and follow the recommended schedule. But this can be used anytime as a healthy and gentle way to infuse deep nutrition into your body and give a gentle cleansing nudge. 

Before we go, I want to make sure I share some of my tried and true smoothie secrets for making smoothies that are juice-shop good that everyone will accept, even if there are some veggies or supplements hidden inside!

Smoothie best practices:

  •  When adding "hard" ingredients like nuts or tough veggies, grind them alone in the blender first as fine as you can, then add a minimal amount of liquid to blend into a paste, then add the rest of the ingredients. 
  • Pair the "right" flavors together! Use one of the recipes here, create one using my veggie pairings above, or grab a revive smoothie to go. In general, less is more- the less flavors you combine, the better your outcome is likely to be. 
  • Use a good blender. Nobody wants to chew their smoothie. Juice shops have that smooth, almost fluffy consistency and that's what you want for maximum palatability! There are some very fancy ones out there, but for an excellent low/mid-priced one I absolutely love, check out this one. 
  • Use enough liquid (but don't use too much). Use just enough liquid to get things flowing, but not so much you lose the friction needed inside the blender to get it smooth. You can always add more liquid, but you can't take it out. 


I hope this write up helps you go forward and make deeply nourishing, easy smoothie meals for yourself and your children. 


Let me know what you make, and if you have a great recipe, will you share it with me? I love learning new ones! 



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